forthright

adjective
forth·​right | \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt How to pronounce forthright (audio) \

Definition of forthright

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : free from ambiguity or evasiveness : going straight to the point a forthright critic was forthright in appraising the problem
2 : notably simple in style or quality forthright furniture
3 archaic : proceeding straight on

forthright

adverb

Definition of forthright (Entry 2 of 3)

1 archaic
a : directly forward
b : without hesitation : frankly
2 archaic : at once

forthright

noun

Definition of forthright (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic
: a straight path

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Other Words from forthright

Adjective

forthrightly adverb
forthrightness noun

Examples of forthright in a Sentence

Adjective she sometimes was a little too forthright for her own good and ended up saying things that inadvertently offended people I appreciate your forthright explanation of the situation.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The book is forthright, unsparing, deeply felt but unsentimental, and reads like a house afire. Richard Snow, WSJ, "Five Best: Richard Snow on Lesser-Known Novels of World War I," 17 Jan. 2020 Signed by nearly 600 scholars, many working in fields related to Jewish studies, the letter was restrained but forthright. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, "Why Historical Analogy Matters," 7 Jan. 2020 Be more forthright when dealing with a family member. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 15 Oct. 2019 Evans was obviously worried that the FBI’s proposed warrant application would not supply the court with a forthright rendition of Steele’s biases. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The First Glimpse into Horowitz’s FISA-Abuse Report," 23 Nov. 2019 Since then Simpson has been cooperative and forthright. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford teen who played role in killing of man in North End park sentenced to prison," 6 Nov. 2019 But after episodes of divisiveness and fragmentation, our conferences have become festivals of cordiality and civility, peppered with forthright and respectful differences of opinion and interpretation. Patty Limerick, The Denver Post, "Limerick: Zuckerberg stands at the great frontier; Western history should guide him," 25 Oct. 2019 Darroch’s forthright, unfiltered views on the U.S. administration — meant for a limited audience and discreet review — appeared in leaked diplomatic documents that were published in Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper. Washington Post, "UK ambassador to US quits days after leaked cables on Trump," 11 July 2019 Darroch’s forthright, unfiltered views on the U.S. administration — meant for a limited audience and discreet review — appeared in leaked diplomatic documents that were published in Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper. chicagotribune.com, "Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. quits days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Trump were leaked," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of forthright

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forthright

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English forthriht, from forth + riht right

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Time Traveler for forthright

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The first known use of forthright was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forthright.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forthrightness. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for forthright

forthright

adjective
How to pronounce forthright (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of forthright

: honest and direct : providing answers or information in a very clear and direct way

forthright

adjective
forth·​right | \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt How to pronounce forthright (audio) \

Kids Definition of forthright

: going straight to the point clearly and firmly a forthright answer

Other Words from forthright

forthrightly adverb She had spoken forthrightly.

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